Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Caroline Roboh, Ash Newman, Cyrielle Clair, István Szabó
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Disillusioned by his Jewish roots and meaningless life, young Londoner Daniel (Ash Newman) embarks on an unforgettable journey throughout Europe on a quest to find his great grandfather's grave. From city to city, Daniel ... more »
A beautiful mess
Michael L. Wiersma | Springfield, MA United States | 02/01/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Beautiful scenes and cinematography and a handsome leading man do not make up for an awkward, disjointed, poorly-developed ride around Eastern Europe in search of a story. Add to that an unlikeable and unsympathetic leading character and you have picture-postcard quality beautiful emptiness, which is this movie.
I got through it hoping that it would have some point or resolution to tie it all together and make the journey worthwhile. It didn't happen. The story isn't here and the character development doesn't happen. You have to watch the extra on the DVD where the director "explains" the movie. It's helpful, as the movie isn't all that clear.
I'd stay away from this. It's a nicely shot and well put-together film in search of a meaning and lacking a story. It's not even worth a rental except maybe to get to see the scenery and shots around Europe."
C. Duffy | New Jersey | 02/28/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"For many twenty something's entering adulthood nowadays, it's hard to find ones place in society. Daniel, our protagonist in the movie is feeling fed-up and under appreciated with his dead-end job and like many people his age who would love to get away, decides to toss it all to the wind; his job, his income, his partner(s) and take a whirl-wind trip around Eastern Europe to get his mind off his dull dead end, seemingly meaningless life. What he encounters along his journey, contrary to his reasons for leaving however, begin to change his outlook on life and his ancestry. For those who wish to pick up and leave never to look back, Shem may just be what you need to get away, without leaving everything you know."
Norman R. Spangler | Orlando, Fl USA | 05/27/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Shem is a awesome movie about aveture and being young traveling across eastern europe Ash Newman does an awesome role in this film and made it interesting and exciting filled with much joy and sadiness."